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Villagers from Port Moresby's Hanuabada are waiting for police to respond to their demands over the killing of two men last Friday before they lift the roadblock.
Spokesman Ovia Seba Tamarua said among their demands was a K10 million compensation to be paid by police.
“We want the police and the National Capital District to respond as soon as possible,” Tamarua said. He said they would only lift the roadblock from the Konedobu-Hanuabada roundabout and the Badihagwa Secondary School roundabout if the response from the police and NCDC Governor Powes Parkop was positive.
Two men died while one is still in hospital after police raided Hanuabada village last Friday.
The villagers said police reservists attached to the National Capital District Commission unit enforcing the betel nut ban arrived at the Haoda market around noon on Friday. They overturned vendors’ tables and damaged goods and items they were selling. Some of the men confronted the officers. One was reportedly injured.
A NCD city police unit which was called fired shots and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Villager Nicholas Goru Rarua, 30, was shot while fleeing from the scene. Toka Gaudi was hit in front of his home when he came out to see what was happening. The two cousins were from the Hohodae clan in the village. Rarua died on the way to Gerehu Hospital. Toka passed away later around 11pm at the Port Moresby General Hospital. A third man, from Goilala in Central, is still admitted at the hospital. PNGFacts/The National
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